Toronto vs Tampa: prediction for the NHL fixture
The Maple Leafs are set to host the Lightning in the National Hockey League on December 10. What to expect from this game? Our answer is in the prediction below.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto have a good chance to be the leaders in the East. They have the same number of points as Florida and Washington, and need to win today to keep up with the opponents. The Maple Leafs are having a fantastic season, though sometimes they make defensive mistake, like, for example, in the recent game against Minnesota (3:4 SO) or Winnipeg (3:6).
The Leafs quickly bounced back and got the upper hand over Columbus (5:4), but even in the game against the Blue Jackets they almost allowed the opponents to make a comeback and level the score.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay are currently 5th in the Eastern Conference with a total of 36 points. Right now the Lightning have a winning streak of four games, and the last three matches they played away from home.
John Cooper's men prevailed over Boston (3:2 OT), crushed Philadelphia (7:1) and got a hard-fought victory over Montreal (3:2). The Lightning were losing 1:2, but managed to turn around the game by netting two goals in the third period. On average, Tampa Bay score 3 goals per game.
In 3 out of 5 head-to-head games, Tampa scored more than 2 goals.
In 4 out of 5 head-to-head games, both teams scored in the second period.
Tampa are in great form right now and will strive to avenge their recent disappointing defeat to Toronto. The Ligntning are on a winning streak, while the Leafs just suffered two defeats in a row.
Our prediction - Tampa to win
Previous matches of Toronto were high-scoring, and if the teams don't decide to sit on the defensive, this will be a game with at least 6 goals scored.
Second wager - total over 5.5 goals